Mari Collier


My name is Marilyn Collier, but the penname is Mari Collier. I was born in Lincoln Township, Audubon, Iowa. Yes, people still refer to the townships there. I started writing for the Audubon Advocate (Audubon, Iowa) when I was thirteen. The pay wasn't much for the work involved, but I loved it. My writing continued off and on for years.
Children prompted me to invent a bedtime story as my father had done. One was sold to a children's magazine. Then I went to work and writing took a back burner until we moved from Arizona to Western Washington.
I found the greatest employer imaginable in Washington. Nintendo of America paid me to talk, read, write, and play games. It was intense at times, but truly enjoyable.
My husband and I returned to the desert where I became involved with the greatest little museum in the world. How many museums would have a Weed Show? I write two columns for their Old Schoolhouse Journal.
To ease the solitude of writing, I joined the Desert Writers Guild of Twentynine Palms. Each year we publish an anthology of over 100 pages. Our latest one has desert based stories, with recipes to match..

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a farm in Iowa. Family life, church, and relatives were important. Schooling, reading, and the economic necessity of working together were stressed. Those values are incorporated into my novels.
When did you first start writing?
I first started in grade school during the sixth and seventh year. The two girls in my class wanted another story from me after we had turned in our short stories for an English lesson.
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  • A Bedtime Myth on May 26, 2012

    Ms. Johnson has written a Young Adult tale with a moral. The tale reminded me of Oscar Wilde's tales for children. They too had a vocabulary some younger children would not understand, but I found them and this one delightful. Mari Collier
  • Sherk: A Compilation Of Maddening Thoughts on Nov. 28, 2012

    Ms. Johnson takes you into the darkness of human nature. She has a grasp of emotions and words. A pleasure to read.